by Dan Hicks
From the Editor: Dan Hicks is president of the NFB of Florida. He and the rest of the Floridians are getting ready for a memorable convention. Rooms at our headquarters hotel are going fast, so make your reservations today. This is what Dan has to say:
Everybody knows July in Orlando is hot. Anyone who has ever been to a convention of the National Federation of the Blind also knows that the hottest place to be the first part of this July will be the 2011 convention of the NFB, which will be held July 3 through 8 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. If you haven’t yet made your hotel reservations, now is the time. Just call (866) 996-6338 and tell the friendly reservationist that you want those great NFB convention rates.
The Rosen Shingle Creek is as nearly perfect a hotel for our needs as we could ever hope for. It is one of Orlando’s newest and most respected meeting destinations. The resort features golf courses, four swimming pools, a full-service fitness center and spa, and nearly half a million square feet of meeting space. You can bet we will be using much or all of this space for our convention. One of the truly marvelous attributes we can look forward to is that our meeting rooms will all be in the same location.
Among the luxurious amenities of the sleeping rooms and suites, you will find: ultra-comfortable Creek sleeper beds, thirty-two-inch flat screen TVs, high-speed Internet connection capabilities, two telephones, hairdryers, plush robes, mini-refrigerators, coffeemakers, first-class toiletries, and laptop safes.
The hotel features a number of award-winning restaurants, bars, and other eateries; is very close to dozens of famous restaurants on Orlando’s International Drive; and is across the street from a Publix Supermarket. The hotel will help you with reasonably priced travel to and from any of these destinations. Ask about the NFB convention rates for this transportation, which at press time is expected to be $5 per vehicle to travel to or from Publix and $10 per vehicle to travel to or from destinations on International Drive.
Our low convention rates are legendary, and at $63 a night (plus tax) a convention vacation stay in this hotel will create memories you and your family and friends will treasure forever. The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort has given us our fantastic hotel rates from June 28 through July 14, 2011, so plan on coming a couple of days early or leaving a few days after the convention ends. There is much to do in the central Florida area, home of Universal Studios Orlando, Disney, SeaWorld, and the Kennedy Space Center.
NFB members Cheryl Echevarria of Echevarria Travel and Maurice Shackelford of Peachtreetravel.net are working with the Florida affiliate on exciting tours for July 9, 2011, and other days as well. If you are staying later or coming to Orlando earlier, contact them for the latest tour and travel information. Please see their accompanying information-packed article in this issue.
Even if you’ve been to dozens of NFB conventions, you’ve never been to one as hot as this one is shaping up to be. We’ll have plenty of really cool things to do and lots of cool drinks and air conditioning. See you all in Orlando.